My New Wedding Professional Reflections Section, will be featuring vendors, in various professions, that are centered around making your day “An Affair to Remember”! This will give you the opportunity, to get to know some of the fabulous professionals, I have the privilege of working with in the Lehigh Valley, Phila, and the Poconos.
Today’s Featured Vendor is Michael McNett from Michael McNett Photography, in Bethlehem, PA!
I met Mike about 2 years ago, when I was coming back into business, after my hiatus! I asked a friend, who they thought, were the best wedding photographers in the area? One of her choices was Mike. When we met I loved him instantly! He has a quirky sense of humor and comes up with the cutest quips, when you least expect them. I am speaking from experience, when I say, he really is great at developing a close and committed bond, with his couples. As a planner, that is one of the most import things I look for in a vendor. I always want to keep my couples as the prime focus, always keeping in mind, its their wedding.
Can you tell my readers a little about yourself and how you decided to become a professional wedding photographer? I started in the photography field at the High School for the Arts, which is similar to the arts school, in the movie “Fame”. After completing that program, I then continued my education towards a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) at Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD. I graduated in 2000.
How would you describe your artistic style? Emotional reportage. It is a documentary style of photography, documenting emotions, not news.
How many weddings do you shoot per year? Do you have a favorite place in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos or Philadelphia area, which you like to shoot? I shoot no more than 30 weddings per year and I really don’t have a favorite place. I prefer to shoot, based on places that are representative of my clients and who they are.
Not all clients are creative or do well in front of a camera. How do you manage your client’s expectations to think outside of the box, when working with you? My packages include an engagement session for every couple and I find them invaluable. They give me the opportunity to really get to know the couple and it allows them the opportunity to really get to know me. It’s a matter of comfort and I want all of my clients, comfortable in front of the camera.
I know you have many facets to your business, how do you manage your success? “By the seat of my pants”, he quips! Success is secondary to me. My love stems from my deep love for weddings and couples and the Wedding Day is as exciting for me as it is for my clients.
What have been some of your more difficult shooting situations and how do you overcome them? I would say shooting celebrity weddings. Talent agents are always restricting access to the client and I function better, when I develop a more intimate relationship with the client. That can’t happen with an agent in tow.
How long do you spend editing the average wedding? The editing takes 2 hours/hour of shooting time on the wedding day.
For clients that are considering working with you, what’s the best way for them to start? How far in advance should a client try to book you? I value personal, face to face contact. I can carry out more in a face to face meeting, than online or over the phone. If a client is looking for Fall Wedding Season, they should book at least 2 years in advance. Any other time, should book 1 year in advance.
What are the best memories from your wedding profession? When I see my clients use a picture I took, from their wedding day, as their profile picture on Facebook, especially 5 years later.
What else would you like my readers to know about you? Being a photographer, is a means to an end. Much is expressed in the design of the wedding album and other visual ways. I help the client in remembering their day, after it’s over, for years to come!